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Result: L 0-3 (19-25, 14-25, 17-25)

Volleyball hosts University of St. Thomas

Saturday, September 22nd, 2018 – 3:00 p.m. at Northfield, Minn. - West Gym

Knights drop MIAC battle against St. Thomas

By Oliver Wolyniec '19
Faith Skinner
Faith Skinner
Photo: Geoffrey Mo '19

NORTHFIELD, Minn. – Faith Skinner (Sr./La Crosse, Wis./Central) spearheaded the Knights’ attack with a match-best 11 kills, but the Carleton College women’s volleyball team fell to the University of St. Thomas in three sets (25-19, 25-14, 25-17).

In the opening set, both teams worked to get into a rhythm as the Knights (10-3, 1-2 MIAC) and the Tommies (9-5, 2-1 MIAC) battled back and forth to a 5-5 tie. From there, the visitors initiated a 6-1 run to give themselves some room to breathe at 11-6. Several points later, at 13-7 St. Thomas, Carleton called a timeout to regroup. The Knights rode a 4-0 run of their own to cut the deficit to two at 13-11, but the Tommies responded quickly and started to pull away again.

Another Carleton timeout was taken at 19-13 in favor of St. Thomas, which gave the Knights a short break before they climbed back into the fray and only trailed by three at 20-17. A 5-2 run for the Tommies, allowed the visitors to claim the set by a 25-19 tally.

It was all St. Thomas in the second frame. The Tommies used an early 10-1 run to seize control. The home squad put up a fight to bring it within four at 13-9, but St. Thomas took off again and eventually put the set away, 25-14.

Again, in the third set, St. Thomas played impressive volleyball from the get-go, and, facing an early 11-4 deficit, the Knights called a timeout to talk things over. The brief break helped, as Carleton chipped away at the lead and came within three at 14-11, but the Tommies responded well again and reeled off three straight points to make it 17-11. A few points later, two service aces by Abby Loe (So./Apple Valley, Minn.), who also had eight kills on the day, again made it a three-point game at 18-15, but the Tommies took over from there and went on to win the set, 25-17, as well as the match.

First-year Inger Shelton (San Diego, Calif./La Jolla) amassed 14 assists for the Knights, while fellow rookie Natalie Mun (Long Grove, Ill./Stevenson) totaled 12. Celeste Chen (Jr./Yorba Linda, Calif./Valencia) anchored the Carleton defense with 11 digs.

Grace Bordson and Madie Kroehler each notched 10 kills in the winning effort for St. Thomas. Katharine Mallak collected 36 assists.

Next up for the Knights is a road match on Friday, Sept. 28 against Concordia College at 7:00 p.m. A link to live video will be available on Knights Online.